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Julius Röntgen: Complete Cello Concertos

Magazine article Strings

Julius Röntgen: Complete Cello Concertos

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JULIUS RÖNTGEN: COMPLETE CELLO CONCERTOS

Gregor Horsch, cello. Netherlands Symphony, David Porcelijn, cond. (CPO) In these new recordings of Julius Rontgen's three cello concertos-written in 1893, 1909, and 1928-the Dutch musician Gregor Horsch, principal cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since 1997, uses his elegant virtuosity to bring out the power, charm, and thrills of music that in a parallel universe might be standard repertoire.

The First Concerto is a textbook example of how to write a Romantic cello concerto (no surprise: Röntgen performed the Brahms Second Piano Concerto in 1885 with the composer conducting). After a 15-minute-long first movement, including two huge cadenzas, the Andante contains a soaring melody of unforgettable beauty, followed unexpectedly by the Lalo-ish Spanish charm of a dazzling Allegro con spirito. …

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